Sep 3 2015

Birthday Gifts For Every Season

Finding a birthday gift can be tough.  Here are some of our favorite DIY picks for birthdays during every season!

Fall

Homemade Pumpkin Sugar Scrub 

Totally creative gift for the pumpkin lover or the lady who enjoys a good spa night!

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Via Soap Deli News Blog

Framed Pressed Leaves

This is a great unique gift for anyone who loves fall foliage!

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Via Buzzfeed

 

Winter

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Mmmm..warm up with this yummy and fun gift! Perfect for the chocolate lover!

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Via The Nerd’s Wife

DIY Mason Jar Candle

Candles always make a room more cozy.  If the winter birthday boy or girl is a big cuddler, this is definitely the gift for them!

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Via Something Turquoise 

 

Spring

DIY Handpainted Wine Glasses With Flowers

April showers bring may flowers! This is such a cute gift for the wine lover, and they will love that it’s personalized!

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Via 1-800-Flowers

Layered Candy Filled Vase with Flowers

A perfect gift for the candy lover.  Switch out the jelly beans and use their favorite colorful candy!

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Via Creative Juice

 

And finally…Summer

DIY Ice Cream Sundae Kit

Does the birthday boy or girl have a crazy sweet tooth? They will love to cool down with this delicious treat!

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Via Family Bites

DIY Beauty Basket

This is an awesome birthday gift for the lady who loves fun in the sun. It has everything she’ll need for a hot day by the pool!

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Via House Party

Happy Gifting!

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Aug 21 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Unique Back to College Gift Picks

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It’s time to head back-to-school, back to the dorms or those teeny-tiny apartments.  Stand out and arm yourself or your favorite co-ed w/ some #instaworthy college necessities.

1. Eco-Chic Handcrafted Wood Amplifiers by Woodberry 

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Handmade and a perfect dorm room talking piece, these Woodberry Company amplifiers are one-of-a-kind. Sign In For Free Shipping on TGI

2. A Purse That Charges Your Phone Purse That Charges Your Phone

Never be left out of juice while at school w/ a purse that also charges your phone from Chic Buds.
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4. Try the World Monthly Box 

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Let your college student experience cultures of the world right from their dorm room or apartment w/ a monthly curated box from Try The World w/ the finest local finds from countries around the world.
Sign In For $10 Off First Box

4. The Ultimate Chic Office Set by Rachel George 

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A super chic, all-in-one office set for the college lady with style, from Rachel George’s adorable site.
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5. Marble Inspired Tech Cases 

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We are loving the entire marble inspired tech case line from UniqFind, we are literally obsessed with all of it.

6. Plant-0-Gram 

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Warm that dorm room or apartment up with a live, green PlantoGram.  Can be grown in cold climates and small spaces.  Sign In For Free Fruit Tree W/ Order

*All product picks are hand-picked by The Gift Insider, the site and all sponsors are highly curated.  We don’t recommend anything we don’t like think others would love to give or receive as a super unique gift.

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Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.

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Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.

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Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

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Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.

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Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!

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Via Livin In SD

Happy gifting!

 

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Jul 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.

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Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs

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We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony

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This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

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I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

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We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 

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Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 

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This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality

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We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  

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We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces

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Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs

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These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake

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This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses

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When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 

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There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 

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We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!

 

We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

Photocredits laurietennentstudio.com and blueracerproductions.com

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Jul 30 2015

Jul 7 2015

Alcohol Gifts! Cheers!

DIY Mason Jar Cocktails

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This is a quick, easy, and fun gift that anyone will love! Great way to get creative!

Via Something Turquoise

Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

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Put your baking skills to the ultimate test with this awesome gift idea! Great for a hostess!

Via Hostess With The Mostess Blog

Mini Liquor Bottle Jar

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Whether it be for the big “twenty fun” or a friend’s 30th, this always makes for a super cute BFF gift!

Via Curious Daisy

Bottles With Notes

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Simple and sweet! Perfect gift for the significant other who has been working around the clock!

Via Loving Here

Jolly Rancher Vodka

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This yummy gift works for so many occasions! The birthday girl or boy, the hostess, or just the jolly-rancher lover will be so excited!

Via Mix That Drink

Glittered Patron Bottle

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This is definitely a TGI favorite! Pretty, creative, and extra cute! Great diva gift!

Via Stress Case

Happy Gifting!

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Jun 30 2015

July Fourth BBQ Gifts

Here’s our roundup of the perfect mix of salty, sweet, fruity, and even healthy gifts for any 4th of July BBQ!

Dipped Pretzels

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Mmmm. Who doesn’t love salty & sweet?

Via The 36th Avenue

S’more Bark

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Here comes some chocolatey decadence!

Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Patriotic Oreo Pops

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Oreo’s are a kid’s best friend!

Via Makoodle

Watermelon Shaped Jello Shots With Fresh Limes

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Something fruity and sweet for the adult crowd!

Via Clossette

American Flag Vegetable Tray

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Keeping it healthy this 4th of July!

Via Living Locurto

Fruit Salad Cones

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Yum! Fresh fruit on a warm summer evening!

Via Bakers Royale

Happy Gifting! Happy Eating!

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Jun 18 2015

DIY End of the Year Teacher Gifts

The end of the year is the best time to thank teachers for all of their hard work! Get creative with these DIY gifts, and they will be totally impressed!

Apple Jar

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Such a yummy and creative gift for the chocolate loving teacher!

Via The 36th Avenue

 

Crayon Monogram

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This is personalized, totally cool and as colorful as it gets!

Via A Mom With a Lesson Plan

 

Bucket of Sunshine

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Summer is all about sunshine! Love this is happy and cute gift!

Via Thirty Handmade Days

 

Pencil Vase

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A super pretty gift that puts pencils to good use!

Via Cincy Shopper

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & a Custom Tag

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YUM! A sentimental note with these strawberries makes a great personalized treat!

Via Craftibilities

Happy Gifting!

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Jun 9 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Ideas for Your Favorite Dads and Grads

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We’re totally feeling the summer vibes this June.  Don’t get too relaxed and forget about finding something special for Dad or your favorite Grads this year.  We’ve rounded up 6 gift ideas to make it easy for you to relax and unwind for the rest of summer.

1. PubsOf Art and Glassware 

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Pubs Of  is the perfect way to honor your Dad’s alma mater or your college grads favorite watering holes. Artist Brian McKelvey created a handprinted collection of street scenes from 80 different cities. The originals are pen & ink sketches with a watercolor wash and then he’s used the images on canvases, posters, prints or glassware.
Prices range from $10-500.
20% Off Code for TGI Members

2. Etiequette Ties 

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Etiequette (e-ti-ket) is a line of ties that all have themes (i.e. nature, animals, space, etc.) to reflect favorite activities, hobbies, tastes, etc. Tiny cacti or astronauts or cupids or horses, step & repeat to form a uniform pattern.  A great gift idea for professionals, or new soon-to-be professionals that still lets them subtly express personality.
$58

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3. Colorful New Keurig Coffee Maker

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These new brightly colored and perfectly sized Keurig 2.0 K250 coffee makers are the perfect practical but still fun gift for a dorm room, starter apartment or small office.   The new bright colors (think – turquoise, orange zest, sandy pearl) will liven up their daily routine a bit, with still the ease of the game changing, one-touch coffee maker.  You can brew more than 500 different beverages from 70+ brands (not just coffee!)
$119.99

4. Smart Phone FishHunter 

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The way to easy Father’s Day gifting is to choose his favorite hobby and gift accordingly.  For the Dad who lives on the water, try the new FishHunter. It’s small, wireless, completely portable and fits perfectly in his pocket so he can take anywhere he likes to fish. It goes on the surface of the water and measures water depth, surface water temperature and helps you pinpoint fish w/ their corresponding app.
Father’s Day Special, $139

5. Mega Flask, Beer Boot and Man Apron from Burlington

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While we do frequently recommend staying somewhat practical for your Dads and Grads gift-giving, sometimes you just need something that’s totally fun.  We found these Mega Flasks ($13), Massive Beer Boots ($9.99) and Man Aprons ($7.99) at Burlington – cheap and perfectly gifted together or apart.  Little over $30 for all three, normally priced at $86.

6. Dyson Heating/Cooling System

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Back to practical, but cool…this isn’t your typical fan – it’s a chicly and sleekly designed new heating/cooling system by Dyson and will keep those dorm rooms, new apartments or offices hot or cool depending on what you need. It’s quiet (aka won’t annoy your roommates or colleagues,) can fit under a desk or looks sleek left out. We’re especially into the blue + iron color.
$349.99

*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Happy gifting!

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